This LA-based artist creates compelling patterns that are equal parts mesmerizing and mathematical.
Photo: Carmen Chan
Jen Stark’s art is driven by her interest in conceptualizing visual systems to simulate plant growth, evolution, infinity, fractals, mimetic topographies, and sacred geometries. Using available materials—paper, wood, metal, paint—Stark strives to make work that balances on a razor’s edge of optical seduction and perceptual engagement. The resulting works often resemble organic, molecular, cloud-like structures, and are imbued with kinetic, undulating effects that serve to dislocate the viewer from staid reality into an immersive ecosphere of echoing patterns and the implausible designs found in nature.
Stark was born in Miami, Florida in 1983, and studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, graduating in 2005. Since then, Stark has realized exhibitions globally, with major shows in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Thailand, and Canada. Her work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the West Collection, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale and MOCA Miami, among others. Stark lives and works in Los Angeles.
These designs come from the mind of FUTURA2000, an iconic NYC-based artist, designer, and pioneering voice from the seminal “Subway School.” In collaboration with Futura Laboratories, Vistaprint will donate a portion of the proceeds of Futura Laboratories masks to Free Arts NYC, an organization dedicated to empowering underserved youth through art and mentoring programs.